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ALS walk set for Saturday at University Park

The Third Annual Walk to Defeat ALS in Grand Forks will begin Saturday morning at University Park to benefit The ALS Association Minnesota/North Dakota Chapter.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with the two-mile walk beginning at 10 a.m. Snacks and refreshments will be provided for the walkers. More than 200 walkers are expected to participate in Grand Forks, and the group hopes to raise more than $25,000, a news release said.

The ALS Association partners with the men of UND Phi Delta Theta Fraternity who assist in the planning, execution and fundraising. This event is their national philanthropy as Lou Gehrig was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at Columbia University.

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system, characterized by the death of the motor neurons. This results in a gradual wasting away of voluntary muscles, often leading to total paralysis.

There also will be walks in Mankato, Minn., Bismarck, Minot, Fargo/Moorhead, Rochester, Minn., the (Minn.) Iron Range, St. Cloud, Minn., Minneapolis and Sioux Falls, S.D. To receive additional information or to register a team or an individual, phone (888) 672-0484 or go to